Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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02-Nov-2020 00:12:23
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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This morning, the Secretary-General spoke by a video message to the meeting of Civil Society on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond.

Turning to Armenia and Azerbaijan: In a statement issued over the weekend, the Secretary-General said that he fully supports the call of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, as agreed in Moscow on 10 October, and confirmed subsequently in Paris on 17 October and in Washington D.C., on 25 October.

In a statement, the Secretary-General strongly condemns the horrific attack today at Kabul University in Afghanistan. He expresses his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

The 5+5 Joint Military Commission will meet starting today, until 4 November, for a fifth round of talks and for the first time inside Libya, in the city of Ghadames.

The Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, has condemned the killing of an aid worker in the greater Pibor area.

On the Philippines, our humanitarian colleagues say that the Government and aid teams are assessing damages following super Typhoon Goni, which is the strongest tropical cyclone this year.

Also on the Philippines, the UN team there, led by Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Gustavo Gonzalez, continues to support the Government’s response to COVID-19. The UN team has mobilized nearly $30 million to support national efforts and a further nearly $140 million to address the impact of the pandemic on agriculture and fisheries.

On central Viet Nam, our humanitarian colleagues say that more than 300,000 houses have been flooded or damaged due to a series of storms and typhoons since early October.

We were asked last week about the Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s participation in the UN Day events that we held in Sri Lanka this year. The UN Day event took place to commemorate the anniversary of the Organization with the participation of a range of stakeholders, including the host government, as is practice in many countries around the world.

Today is the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. In his message for the Day, the Secretary-General said that the pandemic has highlighted new perils for journalists and media workers, even as the number of attacks on their physical safety has grown.

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